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  1. Oh, yea, im fully aware that all parts of my game wont show up togather. I just rarely have such a good day with the driver and such incredibly poor results with all the other clubs. Its the inverse of my normal bad days and i was interested in how often this happens to others.
  2. Ha, This is so close to my round its mad. Im an 11.2, 13 course handicap and shot a 95 after missing a single fairway. So i beat you are sucking by 1 shot, not that its a competition. Fingers crossed your fare better in your next round.
  3. Thanks, good to know its relatively common. I swing around 105, carry 260ish with a slight draw when im swinging well, and it was really on at the weekend. Just so frustrating to put myself in so many good positions, to go and have the rest of my game go AWOL at the same time. Thinking back i believe it was likely just poor low point control on the day, a lot of chunked irons and wedges, which in the soft conditions we have right now with the wet, cold weather, are going to be really penalised. Not the way i wanted to finish the season, but with my first child due to arrive in the next couple of weeks, i think this is me done for a few months bar the odd lunch break range session.
  4. Does anyone else have days where their driver, and only driver, turns up and everything else is a mess. Over the weekend I had possibly my best day with the driver this season.... but had my 2nd worse score. Couldnt hit a solid iron, wedges were chunked or thinned and i had 33 putts with 5 x 3 putts. Only thing i can think of was maybe i was hanging back allowing me to hit up on the ball with my driver, but also doing the same through the bag, which is obviously a recipe for disasted. I know the inverse is a common issue, terrible driving but good with everythign else, but do many of you have my issue from this weekend? How did you re-set your irons without lsoing the great driving?
  5. I would find the fact i scored well, while hitting the ball poorly, more encouraging than feeling like i was playing well, but not able to score. Afterall, we are playing golf, not golf swing.
  6. I went slightly stronger, only a little, which through practice forced me to rotate better through the shot. If my hip turn stalled and hands got ahead, big hook avenue etc... I also ditched my regular grips and replaced with some midsize +4s as a test after my pro told me i was gripping too hard and had long fingers. Wow, what a difference. loads less tension in my forearms, better and more consistent release, solid strikes. Those 2 combined with a few lessons has seen me go from a 16 handicap, 90s shooter last season (35 rounds), to an 11 handicap with only 2 scores over 89 all season, despite only getting 25 rounds in this year so far. Sometimes it really can be the simple things that make the biggest difference.
  7. Perfect, il give this a good watch. Thanks.
  8. So, i play about once a week, range 1 or 2 times a week with a mix of long and short game and putting at home, working on drills given during lessons which i try to take every 3-4 weeks depending on what im working on. Recently, having worked on impact position with my irons, i had a round where i could not hit a fairway with a driver or 3 wood to save my life. High right, low left, pop ups and straight hosel shanks were all out there. I hit the range a couple of days later and within 3 swings realised that my shoulders felt as though they were level, if not tilted slightly toward the target (right shoulder higher than the left, right handed). I dropped that right shoulder so it was a touch lower than the lead and immediately started hitting high, long carrying draws with my driver. Fantastic, this is what i normally do. My issue is, what should be shoulders be doing with fairway woods? Ive never had a concious tilt either way and now im questioning whether i should set up with level sshoulders, or more like my driver with the right one dropped a little? Any suggestions?
  9. How are you missing?? Is there a consistent miss that plagues you? It will be hard for people to recomend drills and videos if you dont identify what specifically you need to work on. Do you have trouble with pace/distance control? Are you having trouble starting the ball on your intended line, pushing or pulling your putts? Or are you misreading the line? Obviously you could have a good stroke, but youll suck if you cant read a break. On the flip side, you might be able to pick a line, but if you cant start the ball on that line consistently then you wont be makling putts. Same with speed, hit it too short and youll never sink it.
  10. Something more upto date is for sure going to be better, as long as theyre suitable for you. Doesnt have to be the latest and greatest though. Make sure you have the right flex, length and lie and you should see improvements over clubs 15-20 years old from Costco. What you do need to work out though, is whether you want the most help possible, or whether you want something that while a bit easier to strike than your current set, is still going to provide some feedback so that you can learn from your mistakes. SGI (think Cobra FMAX, Callaway Big Bertha etc) clubs will help a beginner play 'better' to begin with as they can hide a multitude of sins and still get the ball down the fairway on a somewhat off center hit, due to all that perimeter weighting. But you wont get much feedback on your poor shots, and in somecases you might end up ingraining an off center move, which produces and ok shot with those clubs, but will be highlighted more as you upgrade. Or you can go for something a bit more compact, but still in the cavity back construction, like a PING i200/210. I'm somewhat biased as the i200s are what i use, and have used to drop my handicap from 21 to 11. i think they strike a great balance of feedback, looks, but with a bit of help on those off center strikes. I have taken big strides forward since getting them, admittedly along with plenty of practice, lessons and playing. Im sure there are some people out there with that kinda obsessive nature and natural talent, who would benefit from using some crazy hard to hit blades to learn with as they will just beocme obsessed with making them work and will adapt and find a way, but im not sure that there are many of those people.
  11. Driving im sure would help your score big time. Do you have a breakdown on GIR from FIR and non FIR? Im an 11.2 index, play a forrest course where being wild off the tee often means no shot at all into the green. My FIR is 62%, Greens in Reg is about 32% (47% GIR when hitting FIR, 9% GIR when not FIR). So i need to keep the ball on the fairway to have an anyway decent shot. If you play wide open parkland courses, then likely to be a much less drastic difference than mine id guess, but certainly something to have a look at, if your Skycaddie breaks it down like that?
  12. Let me guess... 6th and 13th? the 3rd is quite an innocuous looking hole, but it really doesnt suit my eye with the tree covering the right hand edge of the green. For a hole playing approx 150 yards it too often gives me a kick in the nuts. Glad you enjoyed the course, they spent a lot of time an money on it over the lockdown and its really in good shape right now.
  13. Ah cool Where is your home course? It has the benefit of being on heathland so is very free draining meaning even with our weather its playable pretty much year round, snow aside. Can be like playing Frogger at times crossing the road after 2 and 5, but thats a small downside to an otherwise great course. What did you score? And what was your favourite hole?
  14. So much good stuff here, thanks for the opinions. I like this, il take it to the course tomorrow and give it a crack on our putting green before my round. I have just been dropping 4-5 balls between 6 and 20 feet from the fringe and putting to that, but of course as soon as the ball hits the collar it loses momentum, so a ball may finish not far onto the fringe, but could have roled another foot on the green. So this will give me a better indicator. Thanks! I like to get into my stats, i track every round with my garmin watch and 'The Grint' app where i keep track of first putt length also. My chipping also needs to improve for sure and im not saying that the only part of my game that needs work is my putting, but my lag putting at times is criminally bad. 2-3 times a round il hit a green, leaving say 20 feet and my 2nd putt will be from outside 7-8 feet. That puts unnecessary stress on the 2nd putt and leaves me with a couple of 3 putts at least. My last 10 round averages for some context. 10/14 fairways (i dont include a fairway if i miss-hit the shot and its way short but still in the fairway). 7/18 GIR, GIR putts 2.3, Non GIR putts 1.78. I would say 1 - i need to improve approach play. 7 greens from essentially 14 fairways/tees needs to be better. 2 - make more putts. 2.3 putts average on GIR needs to come down. This is something i am a believer in. Confidence is self fulfilling. Telling yourself you are good at something gives you the confidence to believe and when you believe it you have much more chance to achieve it. I need to get back into this headspace with putting. I read over some of this on Saturday and took a bit more time around the green, before adressing the ball in the comp i played. Then as someone mentioned above, really looked at the hole, slowly traced back to my ball and then took the putt. This seemed to help with my pace for sure, which was welcome after i 3 jacked the par 3 opener from 12 feet... only other 3 putt came on a wicked pin position on a 2 tier green where i hit the wrong tier with my approach.
  15. Title says it all. I really suck at putting. I am a 12.1 index, drive great, irons so so, chipping comes and goes, but my putting just is not good. I average 35.7 putts over last 20 rounds. In that time ive gone from low to mid 90s to mid 80s, so im improving, but my putts are staying consistently at almost exactly 2 per hole. I have 1 12 ft putting matt at home which i use, its a Well put and i do the drills on the app rather than just hitting putts, but it just doesnt seem to translate to the course. Lag putting/distance control is my issue, 3-4 feet putts i make most of, if i ido miss its usually left short rather than missed due to line, so i think my reading is ok. But the number of times il leave a long putt 8 feet short from 20 feet is criminal, and of course next hole if i have similar il blow it 10 feet past. Ive had a couple of lessons where i got my set up sorted and as i say, my line tends to be decent. I putt left hand low, i switched to this because i pulled so many putts conventional. Any tips/drills to work on distance control putting left hand low? I stopped putting to holes on the practice green and now putt to the fringe from different distances to purely work on pace, only been doing this for a couple of pre round warmups, so not had chance yet to guage if its going to help. Help a fellow out.. please?!
  16. 12.0 index Driver - 5 cap - Soooo much better than any other part of my game right now. Average 280, hitting 80% of fairways from last 10 rounds. Pop 2-3 out over 300 each round too if the wind/bounce is kind. 3 wood - 8 cap - Good length, hit fairways off the tee, but need to improve off the deck. Have 2 par 5 doglegs that prevent driver off tee, so 3 wood 2nd shot is needed. Can get a little slicey off the deck. Hybrid - 8 cap - Good accuracy, dont get that many opporunities to use it Long irons - 14 cap - Working on them, but 4-5 iron dont always treat me well. A couple of long par 3s often trip me up. Mid Irons - 11-12 cap - Bang on where i am right now. Decent, but can use improvement Short irons/wedges - 8 cap - Decent but streaky. Some days im on it, some days less so. chipping - 8-9 cap - needs improvement. Changed approach to chipping and its coming down Putting - 18 cap - dreadful. Im not one to blame equipment, but i feel i need to look at my putter as i just cannot get consistency. Some days i roll it well, but all too often if im having an off day with approaches and leaving some long putts, i can leave everything short. Even quick downhill putts. Then il adjust and smoke one 15 feet past. Im spending time on it, but something isnt working
  17. I find it mad that anyone would want to post a score where they were taking breakfast balls, mulligans, not taking correct penalties etc. It achieves nothing for you, other than limiting your chances of winning a comp if you decide to play one. In the UK we can put in cards from casual rounds, which i do, but we have to inform the pro-shop prior to playing. if you dont turn a card in after the round you are chased for an answer why. Im not sure what happens if you dont have a good reason though as ive never not turned one in if i have stated i will be doing so. I dont get to play too many comps, but ive been improving quite a bit lately, so as long as im playing with someone who doesnt mind marking my card and making sure the rules are followed, im entering cards as much as i can right now. I want my handicap to reflect my ability at present when i enter a comp, i dont want it artificially high because i didnt get to play a comp in the last 3 months, even if that narrows my chance of winning. In November i was 18.4 index, im now 12.0 and placed 4th at the weekend having shot a net 72. If i had only entered competition cards, i would still have been playing of 17 and would have won with a -5 net score. But that wouldnt sit well with my conscience. At the end of the day, vanity cappers hurt no one but themselves and there will always be sandbaggers, but those with integrity will do what they need to do to maintain an accurate handicap. If playing regular comps, then only posting those scores is likely the best reflection, if only playing a few a year, casual rounds played to the rules are absolutely necessary.
  18. I went with a 44 1/4" shaft in my driver, rather than the 45 1/4" that Ping supply as standard in G400 range when i got fit. Helped a tonne with dispersion, lost only 2 yards on average over 10 swings with each, but my grouping of shots with the longer shaft was 30 yards wider than with the shorter shaft. The short shaft had all 10 swings finish with a 30 yard window, with only 2 missing the 'fairway', both on the same side. The longer shaft was closer to 65 yards and a 2 way miss. I didnt hit all 10 consecutively with either club, threw some irons in between shots so as not to get into an unnatural rhythm with either. I was amazaed than 1 inch made so much difference... thats what she said!!
  19. Driver carry 270 PW carry 135 full swing, but having read the start of this thread a while back ive started go up 1 club, so i now pull PW from 125, 9iron at 135 etc. Damn! This sh*t works! GIRs are up, scores are down. Handicap trending in the right direction. Ive not picked up any distance from dialling back, but a buddy of mine i play with who has an ugly overswing with his shorter irons took my advice to try it and now he finds the center without a big flip and is 2 clubs longer on his now 'full swing' and far more control. This thread is helping people that havent even read it! I have picked up way more accuracy and far fewer appraoches left short which was my biggest issue.
  20. I completely missed that anyone had replied. They do actually have numbers assigned, you have to hover over each bar to see them. Mine as follows: Drive Me -0.13 Similar Handicap -0.48 Approach Me -0.19 SH - -0.38 Chip Me-0.26 SH -0.38 Putt Me -0.02 SH - +0.04 If im interpreting these correctly, i am best versus similar handicaps on my Drives, followed by apprach shots. Im ahead on Chipping, but by a smaller amount and im losing ground, albeit by a small amount, on putts. Would you say that short game would be my key (isnt it always) to lowering my scores, specifcially based on this data?
  21. I have brought my index down to 12.3, from 16 last year, despite playing half as much and much less, but far more focused range time and lessons with a pre-defined long term focus. I have my first child on the way, due in December, so i really want to get my index to 9.9 or lower before the end of this season. Next year its only likely to go in one direction and that isnt down. I will still be able to play, but it wont be as much and midweek practice is likely to be more difficult/impossible.
  22. OK, i completely understand what you are explaining, with the caveat that this change has made a clear and very visible difference in my swing motion/path of the club head. My only thought is the very very initial takeaway and not rolling my forearms, from there its pretty much subconcious and is yielding great results. Yes, i think there was certainly a notion of this and trying to maintain too much connection. I will check it out for sure.
  23. I certainly get where you are coming at here, while also disagreeing a little. you say that takeaway is not important. only impact. But If the takeaway that i have ingrained is making it more difficult for me to get to the correct impact point on a conisistant basis, based on a movement that can easily be corrected, would you not say that making a change to this would allow me to get to a consistent, correct, impact position more often? A more outside takeaway and vertical backswing plane has so far yielded much much better results for me and has proven a very easy change. 1st round post lesson and 2 range sessions was in fact my best by 4 shots so far this year. I do get the whole work backwards from the desired outcome approach. I do this for club selection, working back from the green to where i want my approach to be etc, so see that this same train of thought can be used in setting up to the shot. I want to hit a high cut, il set up slightly open feet, club at target with the ball a bit forward in my stance and swing along my stance line etc, is this what you mean? Work out what shot you want to hit, then set up to fit that and then just swing normally?
  24. To a certain extent, yes, but more as a fix for the root cause of my miss (hook) which came from sucking the club inside on the backswing cause by rolling my forarms in the takeaway. The drill was to exaggerate width and keeping the clubhead outside the hands in the takeaway and then more vertically to the top, rather than wrapping around my back. The exaggeration being with the aim that when i go out on the course, i will find a balance somewhere between this outside takeaway and my previous, too far, inside takeaway. Early signs are very promising.
  25. Erm, i got lost aout halfway through page 3, but one suggestion i have for you. If you want to get a handicap for competition purposes at your club, you should be able to play in competitions without a handicap, you just cannot win. Once you have played 3 rounds, you will have a handicap and will likely have met some fellow golfers that you can play with in casual rounds. If your club doesnt allow non-handicap players in a tournament, then maybe just rock up to the course on Sunday morning and ask singles if they would mind if you joined them?
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